Diversity & Inclusion at Catholic Health

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Catholic Health focuses on creating a progressive, compassion-filled environment, where the talents and differences of all associates are respected and valued according to our mission and for professional growth. This array of characteristics includes:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • National Origin
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Religion
  • Culture
  • Language
  • Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Socioeconomic Status

Tapping into this broad spectrum of diversity enables us to reap the full performance potential and competitive advantages that diversity offers. We believe our patients, residents, families benefit tremendously from a diverse workforce.

Catholic Health diversifies its workforce by focusing on:

  • Workforce Diversity: Recruiting from a diverse, qualified group of potential applicants to secure a high performing workforce drawn from all segments of society.
  • Workplace Inclusion: Cultivating collaboration, flexibility, and equality to enable individuals to contribute to their full potential and further retention.
  • Sustainability & Accountability: Evolving existing education through Catholic Health University to equip leaders with the ability to manage diversity, be accountable, measure results, refine approaches on the basis of such data, and institutionalize a culture of inclusion.

I was called to Sisters Hospital's ICU to minister to a dying patient who happened to be Seneca Indian.

The families’ needs were well attended to by the chaplains and staff, but they were very touched that a chaplain who was Native American could be called in to minister to their dying loved one.

I brought ritual items that are important when someone is departing from this world to the next. I spoke about the patient’s beauty and prayed for him to have a peaceful journey with our Ancestors to the Red Road, where the Creator was waiting to embrace him.

The family was comforted by and in awe of the care they had received while their loved one was in the hospital. They could not believe that people cared enough to honor their tradition. I was asked and accepted the offer to attend the patient’s funeral and speak. 

It was an honor to represent my heritage and our ministry at Sisters.

– Chaplain Thunder Silk